June 26, 2008

Tart & Tangy semi-wow on the 26th

It's official. The last few days (feel free to post after the 30th- we love these sets!) to post items from the current mini catalog which ends on Monday. This is a post-it note holder, size 3x3, with a die-cut bloom, some DSP and a rub on. Everything matches and inside (not pictured) are some cute apple post-it notes. Rumor is... we'll have a larger scallop, but these die-cuts work perfect too! Sera

June 24, 2008

More Die Cut Blooms

I'm back with the blooms baby. I needed a quick and easy thank you set and the Die Cut Blooms from the Occasions mini worked perfectly! Above is the finished set and below is a close up of a few. I layered the blooms randomly and then used my paper piercer to poke a hole in the center of each stack for a gold brad. The {Thanks at the bottom of each is from the Hostess set Make It Count. Mounting the blooms on Whisper White paper just makes them "pop" don't you think? Love it when they come together so easy! ~Heidi

June 23, 2008

Pumpkin Pie Thank You

So this isn't really a bag, but I'm not a fan of the "p" word as you know so... this lovely sachel was inspired by the make & take we did at regional with the retired 12X12 paper that was there for us. I made this and (of course) the love notes to match- as well as envelopes. There are two compartments in this bag... LOVE THAT of course, as with any bag. I put the cards in the front and the envelopes in the back. Cute eh? I got this pack of pumpkin DSP for my birthday from sista Becky and I've used quite a lot of it. Also... this is the first ever flower fusion piece I have used. There is a die cut bloom in there as and it's held there with a gold brad. I just LOVE it when everything coordinates! Perhaps I should do a tutorial with this... my first one! As for my 3x3 spread, well I got side tracked! Sera

June 22, 2008

Get your kits out!

I was doing the organizing, stamping, dreaming, and cleaning thing this morning and decided to tackle some of my scrappin' kits. I have a birthday gift to make for a summer birthday this week and as I was looking at photos from regional- I came across this. Here are a bunch of 3x3 cards (love notes) which are all the rage these days and I figured I would take a kit and see what I come up with. It may be the gift as well- we'll see. There are 32 cards here. I'll post my creations later this weekend. Sera

June 16, 2008

Macho man copy

I absolutely fell in love with Sera's Fathers day card layout. I don't have the bronco wheel (gotta get it now!!) so I used the Western Sky DSP. I also used the Silver Hodgepodge Hardware out of the mini catalog. Sera, hope you don't mind the copy :) Thanks Sera for a great Idea!

June 14, 2008

Macho Man gift

This is a start of a Father's Day album/frame for my husband Craig. I knew that Sarah would appreciate the fruit set, even for Macho Man week. I too love this set! I don't scrapbook enough, but I sure enjoy doing it once I put a few things together. Summer/vacation pictures are certainly easy to work with. I like to do small frames, collages and other unique scrapbooks that aren't huge or overwhelming. Happy Father's Day everyone! Kristine

June 13, 2008

Camping Macho Man

These "pouches" with the chocolates are a huge hit. Heidi inspired me with her teacher gifts, so I grabbed my wild wasabi notes and went to town. I made three of these total for the summer male birthdays I have coming up, well some are past due- at any rate they are perfect for these boys I have in mind. Also- a great thank you for my son's boy scout leaders! I need to make more! I used Weathered, on the note and Happy Camper is full of these "gear" stamps that are perfect for this. I used the set, Circle of Friendship, which is in the eScape bundle- see the link to the right. I'm sure you noticed that it all started with making sure I matched that candy wrapper... you're right! Sera

June 12, 2008

Macho Dad and a Glittery WOW

SMILE card is a glitter window technique (featured by a talented demonstrator at Milwaukee regional) that uses 5-petal flower punch, packing tape, cosmo glitter, wild wasabi, chocolate chip, soft sky textured, whisper white cs, afternoon tea ds paper, scalloped circle punch, vintage brads, canvas background, one of a kind, be happy stamp sets, wide chocolate grosgrain, coluzzle, paper piercing template and LOTS of dimensionals.

Fathers Day card inspiration was the envelope pocket card (also featured at Milwaukee regional). Colors used were mellow moss, so saffron, not quite navy, sahara sand (ink only for the star wheel on the bottom). Both star punches were used along with a so saffron brad and so saffron ds paper. I popped up both the star and the words & finished off with chocolate grosgrain. Mellow moss cs insert comes out for sentiment and greeting inside. My mom confirmed this envelope pocket card DOES fit into a regular A2 envelope with slight convincing at the top. Thanks for stopping by! ~ Angie

June 11, 2008

Fishin' Macho Man

I'm hosting a swap with some of my customers this month and the theme is birthday cards. One of these talented ladies, Terri, made this for the swap. Her featured set is On The Fly and the happy birthday greeting comes from a retired SU set. Cardstock is Always Artichoke, Night of Navy, Chocolate Chip and Naturals Ivory. Background is stamped w/ Always Artichoke; greeting and image are stamped w/ Basic Brown. Image is then watercolored with our awesome watercolor crayons. Love them, but dont' yet own a single one - what is wrong with me?! Photo corner punch is used to offset the main image - great look! She even stamped the inside with the awesome fish from this set and a birthday message in the same font as the greeting. It totally finishes off the card. Thanks for letting me share Terri!! ~Heidi

June 10, 2008

Another Western Macho Man

So when I didn't clean up my mess from the last stamping activity, I just used more of what I had out! Same general theme here with DSP Fall flowers and the same wheel. It is embossed in copper on sahara sand paper, and them sponged a little for a "western dirty look." I took the photo at a weird angle so you could see the embossing. I used the Paisley background stamp and the colors blue bayou and really rust compliment each other! The stars are stamped and punched and there is a copper brad there, off center. I made ten of these last night/today. It was fun to emboss again and I miss the copper line we had a couple years back. Love it! Sera

June 9, 2008

Macho, Macho, Man

I had this card in my mind and it semi-turned out the way I had hoped. I had the other DSP that matches the Wanted set in my head, but of course I don't have it currently. DSP Fall Flowers works! I was looking for the saloon theme card, doors opening, etc. I'm close. My son said I needed a gun stamp of some sort and that would help. Yea, thanks. I've been waiting for that occasion to use my Bronco wheel! Love that wheel! The belly band slides off and on, let's see how many of the dads I send this too figure that out. Most of them have stamping/creative wives, wink wink! Inside, the greeting is stamped from one of my fave retired sets, When I Grow Up. I don't have a current Father's Day greeting- whats up with that? Sera

June 8, 2008

Weekend Project C

Here are the cards I came up with. I used Fresh Cuts, (check out the special to the right). The background is a flower pattern from Cuttlebug. I've had that thing forever and these cards turned out to be the perfect use for it! Enlarge (click on them) the pictures and the cards look better. So I put them all in that basket- my arranging needs a little work as far as presentation goes. That's the project for tonight. Thanks for checking in on the progress! Remember, Macho Man Monday (week) begins tomorrow! Sera

Weekend Project B

I got out my new set, Fresh Cuts and started putting together a bunch of 3x3 cards and envelopes. I kept up with the retired DSP and used colors that I haven't touched in a long time- perfect plum, mellow moss, almost artichoke, etc. When I started with SU! over 8 years ago- the plums were THE colors! So... now I have love notes and a card organizer for the gift. By the way, the stamp set, Fresh Cuts is an awesome choice for the 3x3 size. It fits perfect (obviously) but there is enough on the pattern that it gives the cards awesome dimension! On to regular cards! Sera

June 7, 2008

Weekend Project A

One of my friends at work is moving to Alabama this month and I am trying to stamp the perfect gift. I have lots of retired DSP paper that I adore, but only a few sheets of each. So I gathered what I had and put together this ensemble from all sorts of different paper groups. This is the start of a card organizer, and the photo above, is it assembled. I plan to make matching cards and other items to have a gift set. I look at some of the papers in this photo, and I'm reaching a little if I think they all match, but they DO coordinate! I will post the cards and envelopes tomorrow. Sera

June 6, 2008

Teacher Gifts & Color Combo #2

These are the card sets I made for the kids' teachers. The boxes below are made from a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock and held this set of cards and some chocolates. I think the supplies are pretty straightforward so I won't bore you with the details - but over 1/2 of these qualify for this month's color combo too! Thanks - that was easy :) Ok - I've tried loading this photo 4 times and I can't figure out why it is sideways again. I even tried rotating it and then loading it again, etc. Anyway - these were smaller teacher sets given to other teachers my daughter had throughout the year other than homeroom. 3x3 cards sets that were monogrammed with the teachers last initial. Also a piece of chocolate caramel thrown in too. The "envelope" that holds the 3 cards starts out as a 6" circle and is scored at 1 3/4 on the bottom and 1 1/4 on the sides. I stamped the background from Baroque Motifs in versamak for just a little something.
Now off to eat the rest of the chocolates - yum! ~Heidi

June 5, 2008

Color Combo #1 (top)

Hey sistas! Sista, Lynnae gave me a hard time about the fruit and since (aside from yesterday) I hadn't posted fruit in such a long while- it was time! These are also creations of Kristine. She's all that with the rub-ons as you can see. I've also decided that there is nothing better than 3x3 cards when you are in a pinch. In fact I just love making them and my scrap pile loves them too!
Time to get ready for a few more posts and then the Macho Man Monday (week). Love it! Sera

June 4, 2008

Tart & Tangy Tin

Kristine made these tins for a hostess gift at a workshop last week and she mentioned that a bunch of her stampers just had to have the set! See, I told you so! Thanks goodness this runs through June! Awesome work Kristine!
Let this be the first macho man warning. In the spirit of Father's Day, starting on Monday, it's Macho Man Monday (and the rest of the week)! Cards, gifts and or scrapbook pages with men in mind. We're posting every day! Keep it "G" rated sistas. If you really have the most awesome post ever, you still have a few days... post by Monday... then save things. We will do Macho Man Monday all week through Father's Day. Feel free to post more than one time on the same day so we have lots to share. Lets see these awesome SU stamp sets focus on the men in our lives! It's only a week, then back to the girly girls. Sera

June 3, 2008

Former Color Combo #3

So it's June- when did that happen? I made this in May. Does that count? This was for Carmen's color combo and when I went to post tonight I realized- oops, I had better post this and save my other cards for later (yes, they are fruit cards, I know you can't wait). I'm sure many of you sistas gasped when you saw the punch I used on this card- yes I bought the new flower punch, Boho Blossoms. Other items with this gem- the DSP, Flowers for You, Fun and Fast Notes stamp set, slit punch, ticket punch, a dimensional, matching brad, and the canary is so saffron. LOVE IT! Sera

June 2, 2008

7 year old Birthday Card

My baby boy turns 7 tomorrow. Where in the world did 7 years go?? This is his birthday card. And like any normal stamping mother would do - I made this card to double as a demonstration at a workshop a few weeks ago. We must mulit-task when necessary. Sorry for the terrible picture (and why is it turned sideways? - never had that happen before, but it's too late to worry about it now) here's the details: Card base is tempting turquoise, other colors are wild wasabi, real red, more mustard and basic black. The circle is a chipboard center popped out of some flower or something. I thought this was a great way to use up those random pieces. The Take a Number wheel was wheeled accross the wasabi and then again on red with the 7 being cut out. Celebrate from Hugs and wishes stamped in black and the Crop-a-dile punched the hole in the chipboard for the black gingham ribbon to tie it all together. Oh and stars from Background Basics are stamped on the mustard strip but its hard to see in the photo. ~Heidi

June 1, 2008

Double Fold Card

This is the anniversary card I made for my parents 39th back in April using the double fold technique, retired Brocade Background DS paper, satin ribbon from the '07 Holiday Mini Collection, and Baroque Motifs ss in the current catalog. Really like how it turned out. TFL ~ Angie